Issues with Bound - Update

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I have received quite a few emails regarding my boxed set and the second book in my Caelian Cycle Series, Bound. Apparently during my rush in getting updated versions out before my BookBub promotion and my fast encroaching deadlines for As We Rise: Rogue, I uploaded an older draft of Bound instead of the fully edited version.

Cue McCoy Facepalm.

This is THE first time I have made such a grandiose mistake and due to the epic amount of embarrassment I'm feeling at the moment - it won't be repeated. I'm sure in the grand scheme of things this isn't such a terrible disaster, but is sure feels that way to me. As a reader myself, I take your concerns seriously.

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Readers, I am terribly sorry for this and have sent the corrected version to Amazon. Right now, I’m working with them to make the new version available to those who have already purchased either the single or the boxed set.

If for some reason you cannot get the updated version and you’re like me, impatient, send me an email at donnielletyner@outlook.com with proof of purchase and I’ll send you the updated copy.

I appreciate those who have emailed me. It means a lot that you took the time to make sure I knew what was going on with my books instead of choosing to leave a bad review and move on.

You guys rock!

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Giveaway: Last Day + Excerpt

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Today is the last day to sign up for the Bound giveaway on Goodreads. (There's a link at the bottom of this post to sign up).

Purchase Links

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Bound by Vengeance.
Sadie has found the resolve to fight the man who caused so much pain in her life. Her tentative alliance with the HCA underground gives her the resources to train both her body and Talent for when she comes face to face with her grandfather. 

Bound by Loss.
Being separated from her friends at St Vincent’s is harder than she could have ever realized and it doesn’t help that Kian has withdrawn from her as well. With help from a new friend, Sadie uncovers more about her past and that someone close to her has been keeping secrets from Sadie her entire life. 

Bound by Fear.
Tragedy strikes close to home, giving a longstanding enemy, one desperate and willing to do anything to have Sadie on their side, an opportunity to arise. Allies and friends come together to stand against evil, but at a terrible cost. Sadie’s history and future collide while the world is thrown into chaos. 

Sadie must overcome or forever be Bound.


Excerpt

I sniffled and uncurled my body. “You’re right.” My voice was scratchy from crying, but I was sure my face expressed that I wouldn’t continue this conversation. My response was the only concession I was allowing Kian because I wasn’t ready to go into our old argument. There was too much for me to think about.

“I’m ready to visit my friends.” I stood and stretched out my sore muscles. My eyes caught my reflection in the mirror above my dresser. Greasy strands of white hair were clumped together and hanging lifelessly around my dirt smeared face. It looked as if someone had attempted to wipe my face clean in a hurry, but didn’t get a chance to finish. If the reflection of my face was any indication, I dreaded looking at the rest of my body, but curiosity won.

I looked down and gasped. Partially healed lacerations and yellowing bruises coated my arms at irregular intervals. My white shirt was torn, exposing more of my body than I felt comfortable with, but underneath the slashes were angry red wounds that were mostly healed.

My gaze traveled further down, and at the sight of my leg, my hands covered my mouth in shock. The pant leg was sliced above the knee, cut with scissors, I assumed, due to the clean lines. Pants be dammed, it was the green and purple bruises in the exact shape and size of the chains that Link had worn around his body that drew my attention. A vision of the fight came forward and I remembered the chain he had wrapped around my leg in order to stop me.

“I look…”

“Like you survived a tough fight,” Kian answered for me.


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Bound by Donnielle Tyner

Bound

by Donnielle Tyner

Giveaway ends November 19, 2015.

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Did You Miss Me?

Hello Beautiful People!

I'm baaaaaack! Our vacation to south Texas was awesome - except the whole rainy part at the end, but it's Texas and weather cannot be predicted. However, I realized two things on this vacation. 1. I really need a DSLR camera. Pictures taken on your phone just don't do the scenery justice and 2. I'm so glad I decided to set my second book series in that area because now I have a legit, tax right-off excuse to go back. Just look at this:

 Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

This trip came at an awesome time because I REALLY needed a break. I've been working on some final touches on the third and final book of The Caelian Cycle's outline and finished the preliminary's on a Caelian Cycle Novella that will be released before the final book next year. YAY! 

MIND. BLOWN.

I didn't set out to write any novella's, but Kian's story kept begging to be told. (Plus, I know a few fangirls who love themselves some Kian and I aim to please).The novella is from Kian's perspective and WILL NOT contain spoilers to the series (it will have hints though), but will open up some of the mystery to Kian's past and explain some of the weirdo choices he has made throughout the series. 

This week, I will resume my weekly inspirational board posts, finishing my Caelian Crew from Lost. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to do the norms or start on the new characters from Bound to celebrate it's release next Monday. Which reminds me, this is your last week to purchase Lost for $0.99.

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Inspiration Board - Madison

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This time of year is always busy for the Tyner clan. Homeschool begins for the boy and I’m going to attempt to bring my 2-year-old in some activities – Lord help me! We also love to vacation this time of year. This weekend, I get the wonderful opportunity to go on a mom-cation with my mommy group. It will be nice to have a weekend out with the girls.

Pretty soon, we will be visiting Big Bend National Park and some of the surrounding area so be prepared for my social media to blast plenty of pictures. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go, the area is where I will be setting my duology that will be published after I finish the Caelian cycle. 

Today we're going to look at...

Madison

Madison is probably my favorite character in Lost, but there is a new character being introduced in Bound that I adore as well and would probably have to fight for top spot. Knowing Madison, she would take me up on that offer. It’s probably narcissistic that I love Madison so much because according to those who know me, she is the one character most like my own personality.

That may or may not be so, but I do know that I didn’t base her off myself (not intentionally). Madison’s character came from the days when I worked with teenagers at my church. I had the opportunity to work with some girls who were hardened by their different lives and it was those girls who my heart spoke to the most. Each girl had a different story and each dealt with the hardships in their life from mild personality quirks to some self-destructive behavior. Madison is a version of those girls who closed themselves off from all except those closest to them and those girls who had such low self-esteem that they sought out multiple sex partners in order to fill that hole in their heart that only loving yourself can fill. I wanted to give those girls the representation they deserve.

In Bound, Madison goes through some amazing highs and incredible lows that will break down her walls and rock everything she thought she knew about herself and the world around her. My goal for each character in the Caelian cycle it to become a better version of themselves by the end of the story. 

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Dystopia vs The Caelian Cycle

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As an indie author, I love it when readers sends me messages about how much they enjoyed my books. Each one makes my day! But I have noticed lately a trend in the reviews, questions, and messages labeling The Caelian Cycle as a Dystopia. I’d like to explore this train of thought.

What is a Dystopia?

A Dystopia is a universe where society is under an oppressive control while the members of said society are under the illusion of a perfect control. The control usually comes in the form of one or more of the following mediums:

Corporate- one or more large corporations control society through advertising/products as in Minority Report, Blade Runner, and Wall-E.

Technological- Computers, Robots, or other man-made scientific means control society as in The Matrix or Terminator.

Religious- A philosophical or religious ideology is enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government such as in The Handmaids Tale

Bureaucratic- Society is controlled by through an incompetent government ensnared in red tape and regulations as in 1984 and Brave New World.

Dystopia’s are an exaggerated worst-case scenario often reflecting the authors present day societal flaws, norms, or even their government. There are certain characteristics present in a dystopian society. Most always there is some form of propaganda used to control or satiate the citizens and information, freedoms, or independent thought are discouraged or restricted. Citizens in a dystopian usually live in fear, are under surveillance, and forced to live in uniformity (individuality is discouraged). But the main thing that makes a Dystopian is that society is an illusion of a perfect world.

 Picture © Dylan Glynn at http://www.dylanglynn.com/utopia-dystopia/

Picture © Dylan Glynn at http://www.dylanglynn.com/utopia-dystopia/

Not all Dystopia’s have those characteristics, but most do. Although The Caelian Cycle has some attributes above, I don't feel that the series should be labeled as a Dystopia. The Caelian Cycle is my way of exploring racial discrimination through introducing a new species of human to the world, but unlike a Dystopia I am not taking that discrimination to an extreme such as a holocaust or enslavement. The Caelian Cycle is set in an alternative United States where the Caelian’s have banded together to form families that give their members education, jobs, and stability. Throughout the series you will see some similarities between the civil rights movement of the 1960’s and the struggle of racial discrimination today with the Caelian’s trying to live in equality with the “norms”.

I can see how a reader could relate the “Talent Suppression Act” and the various discriminatory acts of violence throughout the book as a bureaucratic Dystopia, but if you think about it, the laws mentioned in the book are just a reflection of the many racial segregation laws our local, state, and even federal governments held until the civil rights movement. As far as the Caelian’s living in fear because of violence against their people, well I can post articles and videos all day long on the treatment of minorities in America just in the past year alone.

If the evils, either “norm” or Caelian, in The Caelian Cycle succeed in their prospective quests then yes, The Caelian Cycle can upgrade to a Dystopia society. (You will have to see how that goes once the final book is released).

I guess you can say that The Caelian Cycle is Pre-Dystopia.

When I started marketing Lost, I labeled the book as a Young Adult Science Fiction. That in itself is a broad spectrum, but if I were to give The Caelian Cycle another sub-genre it would be an Alternative Reality Science Fiction due to the meteorite that altered the genetics of humanity during WW1 changed the future and therefore, shifted reality.

Anyway, that’s my two cents/ soap box.

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Inspiration Board - Rebecca

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I've received quite a few emails lately asking some questions about The Caelian Cycle. (please hold while I run around and squee) It warms my heart to see people interested in the books and characters. I will answer your questions in a blog post soon, but first here's an in-depth look at...

Rebecca 

Rebecca was a character I HAD to put in the book series. Every girl needs loyal BFF's and Sadie is lucky to have two. Her name and a few of her personality quirks are a nod to my own high school best friend who was the glue that held my sanity together during some trying times. I also borrowed a few of her traits, the ones I admire most, from my bestie and sister in law. 

To me, Rebecca is a study of opposites. She's not your typical beauty, but her siren Talent makes her attractive to others. Her personality is both sultry, but with an undertone of innocence. She's outgoing and others are drawn to her, but clings to her small group of friends instead of going out to party like Madison. If she has a strong opinion about something, she fights for it and doesn't let anyone sway her focus. Her look-at-the-bright-side attitude brightens the group and her gentle wisdom guides her friends. 

Sadie and Rebecca are connected on a deeper level than with the others in the group. They've lived together since childhood and as two of six Caelian's with colored skin at St. Vincent's, they've had a whole different set of issues than the other's.

In Bound, Rebecca will go through some life altering changes and will have to dig deep into her soul for strength that she didn't know she possessed. That is true for any person. Growth and change are always hard, but its how we handle them that makes us better or in some cases, worse. Rebecca and the others will have to grow in order to become the adults needed to change the world.

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Inspiration Board - Kian

Hello Beautiful People,

This week has been a little crazy at home. September is the start of school and I'm trying to learn how to juggle teaching my kindergartner and having a toddler running around. Plus, we just found out my grandfather has cancer and prognosis doesn't look too good. So we've been visiting with them and trying to soak up as much time as possible and that is why I'm a little late on this inspiration board.

Today we're going to look at...

Kian

You will notice over many inspiration boards that I have a thing for men with beards. My dear husband has a glorious one and I find him way more attractive with his scruff than without. (and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he looks 5 years younger than me without).

My idea for Kian is a mixture of the following traits: self-assured, pragmatic, tenacious, and caring. These four basic traits of Kian's personality are borrowed from four different men who have impacted my life. Caring comes from my brother. He has always been a sensitive soul even though his exterior says otherwise, but I knew he had a heart for caring when he first volunteered with the Special Olympics. Tenacious is one word I can describe my grandfather. Another word could be stubborn, but either way I've always admired how he got things done through every struggle. Pragmatic comes from my father in law. I come from a family of impulsive people and when I first saw how how he methodically thinks about his choices, my eyes were opened and frankly, I was little freaked out. Finally, self-assured comes from my husband. He has always exuded a confidence that I found myself trying to emulate. 

Most romantic leads are very alpha male in their personality and there is a reason why that is. Women are typically attracted to the the tough, take action type of guys and usually in those stories the nice guy doesn't get the girl. She rides off on the bad boys motorcycle towards their happily ever after. Kian was never EVER destined to be one of those alpha males. Yes, Kian is strong and a little cocky. Yes, he has a deep dark secret. Yes,  in Bound, you will learn that he isn't exactly a nice guy. BUT he is sensitive to Sadie and her needs. He has the utmost respect for her and although his goes against his caring nature, he doesn't coddle her. He has seen some bad stuff through his job which has grounded him and given him a strong moral compass. 

Kian isn't a hard character for me to write. He's what I hope my son will grow up to be (minus the family drama and dicey career choice). Out of all the love interests I have written, Kian has been my favorite by far. 

I hope you guys love him too.

The Caelian Cycle Books Are On Sale

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Shameless promotional post coming now, but a part of being a self-published author is that I've got to do this once in a while in order to bring more attention to my books. Stay tuned this week for another inspiration board post, this time we will explore how I came up with Kian's character.


Have any of you seen this graphic floating around the internet:

There isn't much to add to this graphic except the short description below for those who haven't had a chance to read the blurbs for Lost and Bound. << Click to visit their web pages for more information and bonus material.

The Caelian Cycle is a YA SciFi based in an alternative reality about a girl who comes into her Talent (powers) and inadvertently catches the attention of organizations who want her on their side. Sadie is a strong female character who comes into her own over the series. There is a romantic story-line, but the main focus is on the characters and the world they live in. Lost is available at all retailers in both eBook and print. Bound is currently only available in eBook form for pre-order. 

Before I leave, I want to express my love for my readers. I greatly appreciate all of you who have read Lost and who have messaged me with your love. I especially adore those who have taken the time to go on Amazon, Goodreads, and other websites to leave a review. Leaving reviews and spreading the word through your social media accounts are ways you can help your favorite authors sell more books. You rock!

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Bound Playlist

Hello Beautiful People,

Music is a huge part of my creative process. I listen to it constantly throughout the day and when I find a song that speaks to what my characters are going through, then that song becomes extra special to me. The following is a list of songs I have collected for Bound. Writing Bound was a roller coaster of emotions for me and the playlist is prime example of what Sadie will be feeling as you read the book. Enjoy!

  • X Ambassadors - Renegades
  • M.I.A. - Bad Girls
  • Muse - Assassin
  • Banks - Beggin For Thread
  • Bastille - Flaws
  • Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
  • First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining
  • Dorothy - Gun In My Hand
  • Imagine Dragons - Shots
  • Dorothy - Bang Bang Bang
  • Betty Who - Missing You
  • The Wombats - Your Body Is A Weapon
  • Lykke Li - No Rest For The Wicked
  • Johnny Cash - Hurt
  • AWOLNATION - Jailbreak
  • Santigold - Disparate Youth
  • Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile

Click Here to listen to Lost's playlist and for links to purchase. Lost is currently on sale while Bound is on pre-order.

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The Wait is Over...

Hello beautiful people,

I just want to thank each and every one of you for your support and enthusiasm for the books of The Caelian Cycle. These characters, although not the first to come alive on paper from the madness of my mind, are the closest to my heart. Each character has at least one attribute taken from some very special people in my life. 

I LOVE YOU GUYS!

Today two copies of Bound has been released into the hands of two special ladies, my Beta readers. This is always the hardest part for me because they are the first to read Sadie's story and their opinions matter greatly to me. With a lot of luck, I am looking at a tentative October 19th, 2015 release date pending hearing back from my copy editor.

Please enjoy the cover art for Bound below and just because I'm a little evil *insert laugh* I'll leave you with this: There is something on the cover art that is vital to the story line.  

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Bound, Cover Teaser!

Hello wonderful people. So sorry it's been a while. Summer has been in full swing over here.  I've been spending most of my free time wrapping up the first draft of Bound and have been elbow deep in copy edits. 

I have been working with Kari from Cover to Cover Designs with the cover for Bound and I'm just about ready to release it out to the world, but as of right now I'll leave this teaser image right over here. 

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For my newsletter people, you my friends, will get to see the revealed cover first along with an EXCLUSIVE (it will not be on the website or any other media) excerpt from the book. If you want to be first to see it, join my newsletter below.

Bound is scheduled to release October 2015. 

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